Approaching border posts in the northern Moroccan town of Fnideq, the closest city to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta | Photo: Archive/EPA/Jalal Morchidi
Approaching border posts in the northern Moroccan town of Fnideq, the closest city to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta | Photo: Archive/EPA/Jalal Morchidi

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has praised Morocco's open migration policy. But it has also urged the country to bring its migration laws into line with international human rights standards.

A delegation of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), including seven human rights experts, visited Morocco from May 10 to May 13. Following the visit, the committee praised Morocco's open-door migration policy, in particular the mass regularization of more than 50,000 irregular migrants, including all irregular migrant women, decided by King Mohamed VI in 2017.

It also encouraged Morocco to regularize migrant workers who are temporarily without a valid contract, in order to guarantee that they will not remain in irregular situations.

In a statement, experts then urged Moroccan authorities to revise legislation on migration so that it complies with international human rights standards, and to adhere to those standards at borders.

Comment 6 for obligations on migrant workers

Based on meetings with various stakeholders in Morocco, the committee made progress in drafting the General Comment 6 "to provide authoritative guidance to States for the implementation of their obligations under the International Convention."

This general comment will also assist States in implementing their commitments contained in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the CMW committee said.

"We firmly believe that these two instruments are complementary and mutually reinforcing in advancing migration governance and promoting and protecting the rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status," Edgar Corzo Sosa, chair of the committee, said.

"The convergence between the two instruments will be a great opportunity to better protect the rights of migrant workers on major issues such as the regular pathways for migration, regularization of migrants and their family members, and on legislative measures concerning the rights of migrants to liberty and security, and freedom of detention," he added.

 

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